2020 Webinars

Our Soil, Ourselves: How Your Health Connects to Soil

What does soil health have to do with your health? This webinar will explore the relationship between soil and health, and the specific steps you can take to become a Soil Ambassador. | Co-hosted by our partners at Be Well at Work

Daphne Miller, MD

February 5, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

The Effects of Physician Burnout on Practice

There is growing recognition that physicians are exposed to workplace factors that increase the risk of work stress. Long-term exposure to high stress work can result in burnout. Reports from around the world suggest about one-third to one-half of physicians experience burnout. This webinar will explore the evidence available to quantify the impact of burnout on physician practice. 

Carolyn S. Dewa, PhD, MPH

Postponed - New Date TBD

Update on Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics


This webinar will explore the history of human use of medical cannabis and discuss current scientific evidence in support of effective uses. Learners will also discuss how cannabinoids are administered, metabolized, and affect human organs; and the risks and adverse effects of using cannabis. At the conclusion of this activity participants will be able to discuss the history of human use of medical cannabis and discuss current scientific evidence in support of  effective uses, explain how cannabinoids are administered, metabolized, and affect human organs and describe risks and adverse effects of using cannabis.

Dr. Doug Benner, CECRAOHN

March 19, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific

Protecting Workers in the Service Industry During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Service workers are essential to the response to COVID-19. Restaurant, grocery, retail, janitorial, delivery, childcare workers and others may be exposed as they interact with many people and spaces. They may also be using stronger chemicals to disinfect these environments. This webinar with the Labor Occupational Health Program will provide information for workers in service industries on how they may be at risk, ways to stay protected, what their employer must do, and workers’ rights to a safe workplace.

This webinar will be available in Spanish on April 2, 2020 at 12pm PST. 

Este entrenamiento virtual se presentará en español el 2 de abril de 2020 a las 12:00 p.m. PST

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Alejandra Domenzain and Suzanne Teran, LOHP

March 30, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific

The Impact of Safe Patient Handling Legislation in California 

In October 2011, California passed the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act (AB1136) to ensure safe patient handling and prevent musculoskeletal injuries among health care workers. Pursuant to this law, Cal/OSHA developed an enforceable workplace standard effective October 2014. This webinar will present research findings that evaluated the impact of the safe patient handling law and regulation by workers' compensation data analysis, statewide nurse surveys, and focus group research.

Soo-Jeong Lee, MS, PhD, RN

April 1, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

Ergonomic Tips for Working and Schooling at Home During COVID-19

With schools and offices closed, people of all ages are at home using online technology for meet-ings, to socialize and play with friends, and to work on projects. This increase in screen time and laptop work combined with a decrease in active, communal events is challenging for the whole household. This webinar provides practical recommendations to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial risks imposed by working and schooling from home.

Melissa Afterman, MS-HFE, CPE

May 6, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

Protecting Workers from Wildfire Smoke

California has experienced deadly and destructive fire seasons that are predicted to become more frequent. As a result, many workers are impacted by unhealthy air quality, including farm workers and school employees. Cal/OSHA developed an emergency standard on wildfire smoke in 2019. In this webinar, learners will explore the standard’s requirements, how it applies in agricultural and school settings, and recommendations for preparing worksites for future wildfire seasons.

Suzanne Teran, MPH; Kevin Riley, PhD, MPH; and Teresa Andrews, MS

June 3, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

Heat Stress: Exposure Hazards, Health Effects, and Measurement Protocol

Although heat hazards are common in both indoor and outdoor work environments, heat-related illness and fatalities are preventable. This webinar will explore heat stress, heat strain, and heat-related illness. Learners will review components of a heat stress and strain program, the applicability of heat assessment and heat stress controls, and how to conduct successful employee awareness training. 

Michael Strange, CIH

August 5, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

Risk & Safety Training: Leveraging Microlearning

The Risk & Safety Training Center of Excellence (CoE) develops systemwide training for the University of California regarding risk, environmental health, and safety issues. This presentation will provide an overview of microlearning and explore how this format can be applied to risk and safety training. Learners will also review the benefits of microlearning, discuss practical activities, and identify free resources that can be used to create impactful trainings.

UC Riverside Risk & Safety Center of Excellence

September 2, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

Dermatoxicology: Addressing Common Occupational Skin Conditions

Dermatoxicology, a toxicology sub specialty, addresses problems associated with skin exposure to chemicals. This webinar with Dr. Howard Maibach will review the most common occupational skin conditions faced by industrial hygienists, occupational physicians, general toxicologists, and allied health care workers. In addition to reviewing common conditions including dermatitis, learners will also explore exposure tools for percutaneous penetration, a passive process that can occur following skin exposure to chemicals, as a tool to understand other organ effects. 

Howard Maibach, MD

October 7, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific 

Job Loss, Suicide, and Overdose: A Case Study on Michigan Autoworkers

Suicide and fatal overdose rates have increased in the U.S. over the past few decades. These trends are particularly striking for midlife adults without college degrees. This trend may be due, in part, to a decline in manufacturing which has limited stable employment options for this population. Erosion of the Michigan automobile industry over the past 50 years provides an example. This webinar will discuss our ongoing cohort study of 26,800 Michigan autoworkers with mortality follow-up from 1970 to 2015, which offers a striking case study. We looked at suicide and overdose in this population in relation to leaving work. We used age at leaving work as an indicator of involuntary worker exit and compared suicide and overdose risk between workers who left work younger than retirement age to risk among retirees.

Ellen Eisen, ScD

December 2, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM Pacific